I have decided that I need to try to save money more as well as help the environment. The perfect way to do this for me? Buy 2nd hand. As I explained earlier, I already do this, but I want to make it more extreme. ANY time I need something, I'd like to try and find it used first.
Now obviously I am going to exclude some items.. like food and underwear. But just to gross some of you out a little, I have totally bought a used bathing suit. It's this sweet pink and black retro bathing suit. It's rad and I'm not ashamed to say I have worn a 2nd hand bathing suit. Some of you have the ickies now don't you? Muhahaha. Anyway... For regular old house hold stuff and clothing, I want to try and find it used first. I already do this quite a bit by posting WANT adds on the local on-line sites like Kijiji. Half of the stuff I am looking for I find. For example, the potty. I posted specifically for the red bjorn potty with the removable bowl. Someone emailed me and told me they had it. I went to pick it up and the woman also gave me an awesome booster seat for free. That was a sweet deal. I got the exact potty I wanted in mint shape(lame note: the red potty matches the red bathroom) and paid half the price of a new one, and on top, got a nice booster seat.
So my point is that I want to post these adds as much as I can. And sometimes if I am looking for something specific and know a thrift store might have it, I'll check the local shops out. That's what I have been doing for the Eric Carle books. Every time I am near a thrift shop I'll check out the kids books. And what do you know? I have found several in awesome condition.
Right now Dad and I are looking for luggage. We've looked at quite a few that are brand new in store and I admit, there are some really nice ones I'd like to buy, but I also know that if I wait a few days, I might be able to find some decent ones 2nd hand. I have an add up and I hope that by tomorrow I might get some response. Of course if nothing looks decent we will of course buy new. I just think I need to give ourselves the chance to buy 2nd hand. So I am hoping to make this a habit that will save us some money in the long run.
I hope to keep myself accountable on the blog by sharing my wanted items and hopefully the successful hunt of finding them.